List of Academy Award winners and nominees for Best Foreign Language Film

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National origin of Academy Award winners and nominees for Best Foreign Language Film (as of 2018)
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  Nominated but later disqualified

The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is handed out annually by the U.S.-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.[1]

When the first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929 to honor films released in 1927–28, there was no separate category for foreign language films. Between 1947 and 1955, the Academy presented Special/Honorary Awards to the best foreign language films released in the United States.[2] These awards, however, were not handed out on a regular basis (no award was given in 1953), and were not competitive since there were no nominees but simply one winning film per year. For the 1956 Academy Awards, a competitive Academy Award of Merit, known as the Best Foreign Language Film Award, was created for non-English speaking films, and has been given annually since then.

Unlike other Academy Awards, the Best Foreign Language Film Award is not presented to a specific individual. It is accepted by the winning film's director,[1] but is considered an award for the submitting country as a whole. As of 2014, the Academy changed its rules so that the name of the director is etched onto the Oscar statuette, in addition to the film's country.[3] The director also gets to keep the statuette.

Over the years, the Best Foreign Language Film Award and its predecessors have been given almost exclusively to European films: out of the 68 awards handed out by the Academy since 1947 to foreign language films, 56 have gone to European films,[A] six to Asian films,[B] three to African films and three to films from the Americas. The late Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini directed four Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award-winning motion pictures during his lifetime, more than any other director. If Special Awards are taken into account, then Fellini's record is tied by his fellow countryman Vittorio De Sica. The Soviet epic War and Peace (1966–67), for its part, is the longest motion picture to have won the Best Foreign Language Film Award. Filmed from 1962 to 1966, it ran for more than seven hours.[4]

Winners and nominees

Countries ordered by number of Academy Award winners and nominees for Best Foreign Language Film (as of 2016)
  Nominated but later disqualified

In the following table, the years are listed as per Academy convention, and generally correspond to the year of film release; the ceremonies are always held the following year. Films in bold and in dark blue background have received a Special/Honorary Award; those in bold and in yellow background have won a regular Academy Award of Merit. Films that are neither highlighted nor in bold are the nominees. When sorted chronologically, the table always lists the winning film first and then the four other nominees.

The Submitting country column indicates the country that officially submitted the film to the Academy, and is not necessarily indicative of the film's main country of production. The original titles of the films are also mentioned, as well as the names of the directors and the languages used in the dialogue track, even though none of these elements is officially included in the nomination.

When several languages are used in a film, the predominant one is always listed first; the names of the other languages are written in smaller typesize and placed between brackets. When a film's original title is in a language that uses a non-Latin script, it is first transliterated into the Latin alphabet and then written in its original script.

Films from the former Yugoslavia are written in both Latin and Cyrillic due to the fact that the previously official Serbo-Croatian language used both alphabets. Chinese film titles are romanized according to the pinyin system, and are written using the characters employed in their submitting country, i.e. traditional Chinese ones for films submitted by Hong Kong and Taiwan, and simplified Chinese ones for films submitted by the People's Republic of China.

Table key
Award winner Special/Honorary Award (1947–1955)


Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country
Shoe-Shine Award winner [C] Sciuscià Vittorio De Sica Italy Italy
Monsieur Vincent Award winner [D] Monsieur Vincent Maurice Cloche France France
Bicycle Thieves Award winner [E] Ladri di biciclette Vittorio De Sica Italy Italy


Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country
The Walls of Malapaga Award winner [F] French
Au-delà des grilles

Le mura di Malapaga
René Clément {co-production}
France France
Italy Italy
Rashomon Award winner [G] Rashômon
Akira Kurosawa Japan Japan
Forbidden GamesAward winner [H] Jeux interdits René Clément France France
No Award Given
Gate of Hell Award winner [I] Jigokumon
Teinosuke Kinugasa Japan Japan
Samurai, The Legend of Musashi Award winner [J] Miyamoto Musashi
Hiroshi Inagaki Japan Japan
La Strada [K] Federico Fellini Italy Italy
The Captain of Köpenick [K] Der Hauptmann von Köpenick Helmut Käutner West Germany Germany (West)
Gervaise [K] Gervaise René Clément France France
Harp of Burma [K] Biruma no tategoto
Kon Ichikawa Japan Japan
Qivitoq [K] Qivitoq Erik Balling Denmark Denmark
Nights of Cabiria Le notti di Cabiria Federico Fellini Italy Italy
The Devil Strikes at Night Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam Robert Siodmak West Germany Germany (West)
Gates of Paris Porte des Lilas René Clair France France
Mother India Mother India Hindi: मदर इण्डिया Mehboob Khan India India
Nine Lives Ni liv Arne Skouen Norway Norway
My Uncle Mon oncle Jacques Tati France France
Arms and the Man Helden Franz Peter Wirth West Germany Germany (West)
La Venganza La venganza Juan Antonio Bardem Spain Spain
The Road a Year Long Italian
La strada lunga un anno

Cesta duga godinu dana
Цеста дуга годину дана
Giuseppe De Santis Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
The Usual Unidentified Thieves I soliti ignoti Mario Monicelli Italy Italy
Black Orpheus Orfeu Negro Marcel Camus France France
The Bridge Die Brücke Bernhard Wicki West Germany Germany (West)
The Great War La grande guerra Mario Monicelli Italy Italy
Paw Paw Astrid Henning-Jensen Denmark Denmark
The Village on the River Dorp aan de rivier Fons Rademakers Netherlands Netherlands


Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country
The Virgin Spring Jungfrukällan Ingmar Bergman Sweden Sweden
Kapò Kapò Gillo Pontecorvo Italy Italy
La Vérité La Vérité Henri-Georges Clouzot France France
Macario Macario Roberto Gavaldón Mexico Mexico
The Ninth Circle Deveti krug
Девети круг
France Štiglic Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
Through a Glass Darkly Såsom i en spegel Ingmar Bergman Sweden Sweden
Harry and the Butler Harry og kammertjeneren Bent Christensen Denmark Denmark
Immortal Love Eien no hito
Keisuke Kinoshita Japan Japan
The Important Man Ánimas Trujano (El hombre importante) Ismael Rodríguez Mexico Mexico
Plácido Plácido Luis García Berlanga Spain Spain
Sundays and Cybele Les Dimanches de Ville d'Avray Serge Bourguignon France France
Electra Ilektra
Michael Cacoyannis Greece Greece
The Four Days of Naples Le quattro giornate di Napoli Nanni Loy Italy Italy
Keeper of Promises (The Given Word) O Pagador de Promessas Anselmo Duarte Brazil Brazil
Tlayucan Tlayucan Luis Alcoriza Mexico Mexico
Federico Fellini Italy Italy
Knife in the Water Nóż w wodzie Roman Polanski Poland Poland
Los Tarantos Los Tarantos Francisco Rovira Beleta Spain Spain
The Red Lanterns Ta Kokkina fanaria
Τα κόκκινα φανάρια
Vasilis Georgiadis Greece Greece
Twin Sisters of Kyoto Koto
Noboru Nakamura Japan Japan
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Ieri, oggi, domani Vittorio De Sica Italy Italy
Raven's End Kvarteret Korpen Bo Widerberg Sweden Sweden
Sallah Shabati Sallah Shabati
סאלח שבתי
Ephraim Kishon Israel Israel
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Les Parapluies de Cherbourg Jacques Demy France France
The Woman in the Dunes Suna no onna
Hiroshi Teshigahara Japan Japan
The Shop on Main Street Obchod na korze {co-directed by}
Ján Kadár
Elmar Klos
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Blood on the Land To Homa vaftike kokkino
Το χώμα βάφτηκε κόκκινο
Vasilis Georgiadis Greece Greece
Dear John Käre John Lars-Magnus Lindgren Sweden Sweden
Kwaidan Kaidan
Masaki Kobayashi Japan Japan
Marriage Italian Style Matrimonio all'italiana Vittorio De Sica Italy Italy
A Man and a Woman Un homme et une femme Claude Lelouch France France
The Battle of Algiers French
La Bataille d'Alger

La battaglia di Algeri
Gillo Pontecorvo Italy Italy
Loves of a Blonde Lásky jedné plavovlásky Miloš Forman Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Pharaoh Faraon Jerzy Kawalerowicz Poland Poland
Three Tri
Aleksandar Petrović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
Closely Watched Trains Ostře sledované vlaky Jiří Menzel Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
El Amor Brujo El amor brujo Francisco Rovira Beleta Spain Spain
I Even Met Happy Gypsies Skupljači perja
Скупљачи перја
Aleksandar Petrović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
Live for Life Vivre pour vivre Claude Lelouch France France
Portrait of Chieko Chieko-sho
Noboru Nakamura Japan Japan
War and Peace Voyna i mir
Война и мир
Sergei Bondarchuk Soviet Union Soviet Union
The Boys of Paul Street A Pál-utcai fiúk Zoltán Fábri Hungary Hungary
The Firemen's Ball Hoří, má panenko Miloš Forman Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
The Girl with the Pistol La ragazza con la pistola Mario Monicelli Italy Italy
Stolen Kisses Baisers volés François Truffaut France France
Z Costa-Gavras Algeria Algeria
Ådalen '31 Ådalen 31 Bo Widerberg Sweden Sweden
The Battle of Neretva Bitka na Neretvi
Битка на Неретви
Veljko Bulajić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
The Brothers Karamazov Bratya Karamazovy
Братья Карамазовы
{co-directed by}
Kirill Lavrov
Ivan Pyryev
Mikhail Ulyanov
Soviet Union Soviet Union
My Night with Maud [L] Ma nuit chez Maud Eric Rohmer France France


Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto Elio Petri Italy Italy
First Love Erste Liebe Maximilian Schell Switzerland Switzerland
Hoa-Binh Hoa-Binh Raoul Coutard France France
Paix Sur Les Champs Paix sur les champs Jacques Boigelot Belgium Belgium
Tristana Tristana Luis Buñuel Spain Spain
The Garden of the Finzi Continis Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini Vittorio De Sica Italy Italy
Dodes'ka-Den Dodesukaden
Akira Kurosawa Japan Japan
The Emigrants Utvandrarna Jan Troell Sweden Sweden
The Policeman Ha-Shoter Azulai
השוטר אזולאי
Ephraim Kishon Israel Israel
Tchaikovsky Chaykovskiy
Igor Talankin Soviet Union Soviet Union
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie Luis Buñuel France France
The Dawns Here Are Quiet A zori zdes tikhie
А зори здесь тихие
Stanislav Rostotsky Soviet Union Soviet Union
I Love You Rosa Ani Ohev Otach Rosa
אני אוהב אותך רוזה
Moshé Mizrahi Israel Israel
My Dearest Señorita Mi querida señorita Jaime de Armiñán Spain Spain
The New Land Nybyggarna Jan Troell Sweden Sweden
Day for Night La Nuit américaine François Truffaut France France
The House on Chelouche Street Ha-Bayit Berechov Chelouche
הבית ברחוב שלוש
Moshé Mizrahi Israel Israel
L'Invitation L'Invitation Claude Goretta Switzerland Switzerland
The Pedestrian Der Fußgänger Maximilian Schell West Germany Germany (West)
Turkish Delight Turks Fruit Paul Verhoeven Netherlands Netherlands
Amarcord Federico Fellini Italy Italy
Cats' Play Macskajáték Károly Makk Hungary Hungary
The Deluge Potop Jerzy Hoffman Poland Poland
Lacombe, Lucien Lacombe Lucien Louis Malle France France
The Truce La tregua Sergio Renán Argentina Argentina
Dersu Uzala Дерсу Узала Akira Kurosawa Soviet Union Soviet Union
Letters from Marusia Actas de Marusia Miguel Littín Mexico Mexico
The Promised Land Ziemia obiecana Andrzej Wajda Poland Poland
Sandakan No. 8 Sandakan hachibanshokan bohkyo
サンダカン八番娼館 望郷
Kei Kumai Japan Japan
Scent of a Woman Profumo di donna Dino Risi Italy Italy
Black and White in Color La Victoire en chantant [M] Jean-Jacques Annaud Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
Cousin, Cousine Cousin, cousine Jean-Charles Tacchella France France
Jacob the Liar Jakob der Lügner Frank Beyer East Germany Germany (East)
Nights and Days Noce i dnie Jerzy Antczak Poland Poland
Seven Beauties Pasqualino Settebellezze Lina Wertmüller Italy Italy
Madame Rosa La Vie devant soi Moshé Mizrahi France France
Iphigenia Ifigeneia
Michael Cacoyannis Greece Greece
Operation Thunderbolt Mivtsa Yonatan
מבצע יונתן
Menahem Golan Israel Israel
A Special Day Una giornata particolare Ettore Scola Italy Italy
That Obscure Object of Desire French
Cet obscur objet du désir

Ese oscuro objeto del deseo
Luis Buñuel Spain Spain
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs Préparez vos mouchoirs Bertrand Blier France France
The Glass Cell Die gläserne Zelle Hans W. Geißendörfer West Germany Germany (West)
Hungarians Magyarok Zoltán Fábri Hungary Hungary
Viva Italia! I nuovi mostri {co-directed by}
Mario Monicelli
Dino Risi
Ettore Scola
Italy Italy
White Bim Black Ear Belyy Bim - Chyornoe ukho
Белый Бим Чёрное ухо
Stanislav Rostotsky Soviet Union Soviet Union
The Tin Drum Die Blechtrommel Volker Schlöndorff West Germany Germany (West)
The Maids of Wilko Panny z Wilka Andrzej Wajda Poland Poland
Mama Turns a Hundred Mamá cumple cien años Carlos Saura Spain Spain
A Simple Story Une histoire simple Claude Sautet France France
To Forget Venice Dimenticare Venezia Franco Brusati Italy Italy


Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears Moskva slezam ne verit
Москва слезам не верит
Vladimir Menshov Soviet Union Soviet Union
Confidence Bizalom István Szabó Hungary Hungary
Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior) Kagemusha
Akira Kurosawa Japan Japan
The Last Metro Le Dernier Métro François Truffaut France France
The Nest El nido Jaime de Armiñán Spain Spain
Mephisto István Szabó Hungary Hungary
The Boat Is Full Das Boot ist voll Markus Imhoof Switzerland Switzerland
Man of Iron Człowiek z żelaza Andrzej Wajda Poland Poland
Muddy River Doro no kawa
Kōhei Oguri Japan Japan
Three Brothers Tre fratelli Francesco Rosi Italy Italy
To Begin Again Volver a empezar José Luis Garci Spain Spain
Alsino and the Condor Alsino y el cóndor Miguel Littín Nicaragua Nicaragua
Coup de Torchon ('Clean Slate') Coup de torchon Bertrand Tavernier France France
The Flight of the Eagle Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd Jan Troell Sweden Sweden
Private Life Chastnaya zhizn
Частная жизнь
Yuli Raizman Soviet Union Soviet Union
Fanny and Alexander Fanny och Alexander Ingmar Bergman Sweden Sweden
Carmen Carmen Carlos Saura Spain Spain
Entre Nous Coup de foudre Diane Kurys France France
Job's Revolt Jób lázadása {co-directed by}
Imre Gyöngyössy
Barna Kabay
Hungary Hungary
Le Bal Le Bal Ettore Scola Algeria Algeria
Dangerous Moves La Diagonale du fou Richard Dembo Switzerland Switzerland
Beyond the Walls Me'Ahorei Hasoragim
מאחורי הסורגים
Uri Barbash Israel Israel
Camila Camila María Luisa Bemberg Argentina Argentina
Double Feature Sesión continua José Luis Garci Spain Spain
Wartime Romance Voenno-polevoy roman
Военно-полевой роман
Pyotr Todorovsky Soviet Union Soviet Union
The Official Story La historia oficial Luis Puenzo Argentina Argentina
Angry Harvest Bittere Ernte Agnieszka Holland West Germany Germany (West)
Colonel Redl Oberst Redl István Szabó Hungary Hungary
Three Men and a Cradle Trois Hommes et un couffin Coline Serreau France France
When Father Was Away on Business Otac na službenom putu
Отац на службеном путу
Emir Kusturica Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
The Assault De aanslag Fons Rademakers Netherlands Netherlands
Betty Blue 37°2 le matin Jean-Jacques Beineix France France
The Decline of the American Empire Le Déclin de l'empire américain Denys Arcand Canada Canada
My Sweet Little Village Vesničko má středisková Jiří Menzel Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
'38' 38 – Auch das war Wien Wolfgang Glück Austria Austria
Babette's Feast Babettes gæstebud Gabriel Axel Denmark Denmark
Au Revoir Les Enfants (Goodbye, Children) Au revoir les enfants Louis Malle France France
Course Completed Asignatura aprobada José Luis Garci Spain Spain
The Family La famiglia Ettore Scola Italy Italy
Pathfinder Sami

Nils Gaup Norway Norway
Pelle the Conqueror Pelle Erobreren Bille August Denmark Denmark
Hanussen Hanussen István Szabó Hungary Hungary
The Music Teacher Le maître de musique Gérard Corbiau Belgium Belgium
Salaam Bombay! Salaam Bombay!
सलाम बॉम्बे
Mira Nair India India
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios Pedro Almodóvar Spain Spain
Cinema Paradiso Nuovo cinema Paradiso Giuseppe Tornatore Italy Italy
Camille Claudel Camille Claudel Bruno Nuytten France France
Jesus of Montreal Jésus de Montréal Denys Arcand Canada Canada
Waltzing Regitze Dansen med Regitze Kaspar Rostrup Denmark Denmark
What Happened to Santiago Lo que le pasó a Santiago Jacobo Morales Puerto Rico Puerto Rico [N]


Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country
Journey of Hope Reise der Hoffnung Xavier Koller Switzerland Switzerland
Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac Jean-Paul Rappeneau France France
Ju Dou Jú Dòu
{co-directed by}
Zhang Yimou
Yang Fengliang
China China
The Nasty Girl Das schreckliche Mädchen Michael Verhoeven Germany Germany
Open Doors Porte aperte Gianni Amelio Italy Italy
Mediterraneo Gabriele Salvatores Italy Italy
Children of Nature Börn náttúrunnar Friðrik Þór Friðriksson Iceland Iceland
The Elementary School Obecná škola Jan Svěrák Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
The Ox Oxen Sven Nykvist Sweden Sweden
Raise the Red Lantern Dà Hóng Dēnglóng Gāogāo Guà
Zhang Yimou Hong Kong Hong Kong
Indochine Régis Wargnier France France
Close to Eden Urga
Nikita Mikhalkov Russia Russia
Daens Daens Stijn Coninx Belgium Belgium
A Place in the World Un lugar en el mundo Adolfo Aristarain Uruguay Uruguay[O]
Schtonk! Schtonk! Helmut Dietl Germany Germany
Belle Epoque Fernando Trueba Spain Spain
Farewell My Concubine Bàwáng Bié Jī
Chen Kaige Hong Kong Hong Kong
Hedd Wyn Hedd Wyn Paul Turner United Kingdom United Kingdom
The Scent of Green Papaya Mùi đu đủ xanh Trần Anh Hùng Vietnam Vietnam
The Wedding Banquet Xǐyàn
Ang Lee Taiwan Taiwan
Burnt by the Sun Utomlyonnye solntsem
Утомлённые солнцем
Nikita Mikhalkov Russia Russia
Before the Rain Pred dozhdot
Пред дождот
Milčo Mančevski Republic of Macedonia Macedonia
Eat Drink Man Woman yǐn shí nán nǚ
Ang Lee Taiwan Taiwan
Farinelli: Il Castrato Farinelli Gérard Corbiau Belgium Belgium
Strawberry and Chocolate Fresa y chocolate {co-directed by}
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Juan Carlos Tabío
Cuba Cuba
Antonia's Line Antonia Marleen Gorris Netherlands Netherlands
All Things Fair Lust och fägring stor Bo Widerberg Sweden Sweden
Dust of Life Poussières de vie Rachid Bouchareb Algeria Algeria
O Quatrilho O Quatrilho Fábio Barreto Brazil Brazil
The Star Maker L'uomo delle stelle Giuseppe Tornatore Italy Italy
Kolya Kolja Jan Svěrák Czech Republic Czech Republic
A Chef in Love Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti
შეყვარებული კულინარის 1001 რეცეპტი
Nana Dzhordzhadze Georgia (country) Georgia
The Other Side of Sunday Søndagsengler Berit Nesheim Norway Norway
Prisoner of the Mountains Kavkazskiy plennik
Кавказский пленник
Sergei Bodrov Russia Russia
Ridicule Ridicule Patrice Leconte France France
Character Karakter Mike van Diem Netherlands Netherlands
Beyond Silence Jenseits der Stille Caroline Link Germany Germany
Four Days in September O Que é Isso, Companheiro? Bruno Barreto Brazil Brazil
Secrets of the Heart Secretos del corazón Montxo Armendáriz Spain Spain
The Thief Vor
Pavel Chukhray Russia Russia
Life Is Beautiful La vita è bella Roberto Benigni Italy Italy
Central Station Central do Brasil Walter Salles Brazil Brazil
Children of Heaven Bacheha-Ye aseman
بچه های آسمان
Majid Majidi Iran Iran
The Grandfather El abuelo José Luis Garci Spain Spain
Tango Tango, no me dejes nunca Carlos Saura Argentina Argentina
All About My Mother Todo sobre mi madre Pedro Almodóvar Spain Spain
Himalaya Himalaya, l'enfance d'un chef Eric Valli Nepal Nepal
East-West Est-Ouest Régis Wargnier France France
Solomon and Gaenor Solomon a Gaenor Paul Morrison United Kingdom United Kingdom
Under the Sun Under solen Colin Nutley Sweden Sweden


Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Wòhǔ Cánglóng
Ang Lee Taiwan Taiwan
Amores Perros Amores perros Alejandro González Iñárritu Mexico Mexico
Divided We Fall Musíme si pomáhat Jan Hřebejk Czech Republic Czech Republic
Everybody's Famous! Iedereen beroemd! Dominique Deruddere Belgium Belgium
The Taste of Others Le goût des autres Agnès Jaoui France France
No Man's Land Ničija zemlja Danis Tanović Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina
Amélie Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain Jean-Pierre Jeunet France France
Elling Elling Petter Næss Norway Norway
Lagaan Lagaan
Ashutosh Gowariker India India
Son of the Bride El hijo de la novia Juan J. Campanella Argentina Argentina
Nowhere in Africa Nirgendwo in Afrika Caroline Link Germany Germany
The Crime of Father Amaro El crimen del padre Amaro Carlos Carrera Mexico Mexico
Hero Yīng xióng
Zhang Yimou China China
The Man Without a Past Mies vailla menneisyyttä Aki Kaurismäki Finland Finland
Zus & Zo Zus & zo Paula van der Oest Netherlands Netherlands
The Barbarian Invasions Les Invasions barbares Denys Arcand Canada Canada
Evil Ondskan Mikael Håfström Sweden Sweden
The Twilight Samurai Tasogare Seibei
Yoji Yamada Japan Japan
Twin Sisters De tweeling Ben Sombogaart Netherlands Netherlands
Želary Želary Ondřej Trojan Czech Republic Czech Republic
The Sea Inside Mar adentro Alejandro Amenábar Spain Spain
As It Is in Heaven Så som i himmelen Kay Pollak Sweden Sweden
The Chorus Les choristes Christophe Barratier France France
Downfall Der Untergang Oliver Hirschbiegel Germany Germany
Yesterday Yesterday Darrell Roodt South Africa South Africa
Tsotsi Gavin Hood South Africa South Africa
The Beast in the Heart La bestia nel cuore Cristina Comencini Italy Italy
Joyeux Noël Joyeux Noël Christian Carion France France
Paradise Now Al-Jannah al'ān
الجنة الآن
Hany Abu-Assad State of Palestine Palestine[P]
Sophie Scholl – The Final Days Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage Marc Rothemund Germany Germany
The Lives of Others Das Leben der Anderen Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Germany Germany
After the Wedding Efter brylluppet Susanne Bier Denmark Denmark
Days of Glory Indigènes Rachid Bouchareb Algeria Algeria
Pan's Labyrinth El laberinto del fauno Guillermo del Toro Mexico Mexico
Water Water
Deepa Mehta Canada Canada
The Counterfeiters Die Fälscher Stefan Ruzowitzky Austria Austria
12 12 Nikita Mikhalkov Russia Russia
Beaufort Beaufort
Joseph Cedar Israel Israel
Katyń Katyń Andrzej Wajda Poland Poland
Mongol Mongol
Sergei Bodrov Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
Departures Okuribito
Yōjirō Takita Japan Japan
The Baader Meinhof Complex Der Baader Meinhof Komplex Uli Edel Germany Germany
The Class Entre les murs Laurent Cantet France France
Revanche Revanche Götz Spielmann Austria Austria
Waltz with Bashir Vals Im Bashir
ואלס עם באשיר
Ari Folman Israel Israel
The Secret in Their Eyes El secreto de sus ojos Juan José Campanella Argentina Argentina
Ajami Ajami
{co-directed by}
Scandar Copti
Yaron Shani
Israel Israel
The Milk of Sorrow La teta asustada Claudia Llosa Peru Peru
A Prophet Un prophète Jacques Audiard France France
The White Ribbon Das weiße Band Michael Haneke Germany Germany


Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country
In a Better World Hævnen Susanne Bier Denmark Denmark
Biutiful Biutiful Alejandro González Iñárritu Mexico Mexico
Dogtooth Kynodontas (Κυνόδοντας) Yorgos Lanthimos Greece Greece
Incendies Incendies Denis Villeneuve Canada Canada
Outside the Law Hors-la-loi Rachid Bouchareb Algeria Algeria
A Separation Jodái-e Náder az Simin (جدایی نادر از سیمین) Asghar Farhadi Iran Iran
Bullhead Rundskop Michael R. Roskam Belgium Belgium
Footnote He'arat Shulayim (הערת שוליים) Joseph Cedar Israel Israel
In Darkness W ciemności Agnieszka Holland Poland Poland
Monsieur Lazhar Monsieur Lazhar Philippe Falardeau Canada Canada
Amour Michael Haneke Austria Austria
Kon-Tiki Kon-Tiki Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg Norway Norway
No No Pablo Larraín Chile Chile
A Royal Affair En kongelig affære Nikolaj Arcel Denmark Denmark
War Witch Rebelle Kim Nguyen Canada Canada
The Great Beauty La grande bellezza Paolo Sorrentino Italy Italy
The Broken Circle Breakdown The Broken Circle Breakdown Felix Van Groeningen Belgium Belgium
The Hunt Jagten Thomas Vinterberg Denmark Denmark
The Missing Picture L'image manquante Rithy Panh Cambodia Cambodia
Omar Omar (عمر) Hany Abu-Assad State of Palestine Palestine
Ida Paweł Pawlikowski Poland Poland
Leviathan Левиафан Andrey Zvyagintsev Russia Russia
Tangerines Mandariinid Zaza Urushadze Estonia Estonia
Timbuktu Timbuktu Abderrahmane Sissako Mauritania Mauritania
Wild Tales Relatos Salvajes Damián Szifrón Argentina Argentina
Son of Saul Saul fia László Nemes Hungary Hungary
Embrace of the Serpent El abrazo de la serpiente Ciro Guerra Colombia Colombia
Mustang Mustang Deniz Gamze Ergüven France France
Theeb Theeb (ذيب) Naji Abu Nowar Jordan Jordan
A War Krigen Tobias Lindholm Denmark Denmark
The Salesman Forushandeh (فروشنده) Asghar Farhadi Iran Iran
Land of Mine Under sandet Martin Zandvliet Denmark Denmark
A Man Called Ove En man som heter Ove Hannes Holm Sweden Sweden
Tanna Tanna Martin Butler and Bentley Dean Australia Australia
Toni Erdmann Toni Erdmann Maren Ade Germany Germany
A Fantastic Woman Una mujer fantástica Sebastián Lelio Chile Chile
Loveless Nelyubov (Нелюбовь) Andrey Zvyagintsev Russia Russia
The Insult L'insulte Ziad Doueiri Lebanon Lebanon
On Body and Soul Testről és lélekről Ildikó Enyedi Hungary Hungary
The Square The Square Ruben Östlund Sweden Sweden

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A^ : Europe's tally includes three awards won by the Soviet Union and an award won by Russia. It also includes five Special/Honorary Awards: two won by Italy, two won by France and one shared between them for The Walls of Malapaga (1949).[5]
B^ : Japan's four-award tally includes three Honorary Awards.[5]
C^ : Shoe-Shine (1946) won a Special Award because "the high quality of this motion picture, brought to eloquent life in a country scarred by war, is proof to the world that the creative spirit can triumph over adversity".[6]
D^ : Monsieur Vincent (1947) won a Special Foreign Language Film Award. It was voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1948.[6]
E^ : Bicycle Thieves (1948) won a Special Foreign Language Film Award. It was voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1949.[6]
F^ : The Walls of Malapaga (1949) won an Honorary Foreign Language Film Award. It was voted by the Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States in 1950.[6]
G^ : Rashomon (1950) won an Honorary Foreign Language Film Award. It was voted by the Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1951.[6]
H^ : Forbidden Games (1952) won an Honorary Foreign Language Film Award. It was named Best Foreign Language Film first released in the United States during 1952.[6]
I^ : Gate of Hell (1953) won an Honorary Foreign Language Film Award. It was named Best Foreign Language Film first released in the United States during 1954.[6]
J^ : Samurai, The Legend of Musashi (1954) won an Honorary Foreign Language Film Award. It was named Best Foreign Language Film first released in the United States during 1955.[6]
K1 2 3 4 5 : For the 29th Academy Awards, the names of the producers were included in the nominations for the Foreign Language Film category. Dino De Laurentiis and Carlo Ponti won the award for La Strada (1954). Gyula Trebitsch and Walter Koppel were nominated for The Captain of Köpenick (1956), Annie Dorfmann for Gervaise (1956), Masayuki Takagi for Harp of Burma (1956), and O. Dalsgaard-Olsen for Qivitoq (1956).[7]
L^ : The film received its 1969 nomination under the title My Night with Maud. It had no US distributor at the time. When it was released in Los Angeles on April 15, 1970, it became eligible for consideration for Academy Awards in other categories, and received a 1970 nomination for Writing under the title My Night at Maud's. Today, the latter title is the most commonly used when referring to the film in the English-speaking world.[7]
M^ : Originally released under the title La Victoire en chantant, the film was reissued in France under the title Noirs et Blancs en couleur (a literal French translation of its English title Black and White in Color) following its 1976 Academy Award win.[8]
N^ : Although films produced inside the United States are not eligible for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Film Award,[1] those produced in U.S. overseas possessions are. Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States, was thus able to receive a nomination for What Happened to Santiago (1989).[9] However, this rule was changed in 2011 barring Puerto Rican submissions.[10]
O^ : This is not an official nomination. After nominations were announced, information came to light that showed that A Place in the World (1992) was wholly produced in Argentina, and had insufficient Uruguayan artistic control. The film was declared ineligible and removed from the final ballot.[11]
P^ : Paradise Now (2005) was initially nominated as a submission from Palestine and presented as such on the official Academy website at the Wayback Machine (archived April 9, 2006). However, following protests from pro-Israeli groups in the United States, the Academy decided to designate it as a submission from the Palestinian Authority, a move that was decried by the film's director Hany Abu-Assad. During the awards ceremony, the film was eventually announced by presenter Will Smith as a submission from the Palestinian Territories.


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  1. ^ a b c "Rule Fourteen: Special Rules for the Best Foreign Language Film Award". 81st Academy Awards Rules. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  2. ^ "History of the Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  3. ^ Pond, Steve (18 September 2014). "Oscars to Add Winning Foreign Language Director's Name on Statuette". The Wrap. Retrieved 4 January 2018. 
  4. ^ Arnold, William (16 December 2007). "A rare chance to see a legendary - and lengthy - War and Peace". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  5. ^ a b "Foreign Language Film Facts". Academy Award Statistics. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. last updated in March 2008. Archived from the original on 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2008-09-02.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Levy, Emanuel (2003). All about Oscar: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards. New York: Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 207. ISBN 978-0-8264-1452-6. OCLC 50291058. 
  7. ^ a b "The Official Academy Awards Database". (click on "Basic Search", then choose "Foreign Language Film" in the "Award Category" section, then click on "Search"). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original (JSP) on 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  8. ^ "L'avis de la Fnac sur La Victoire en chantant". Fnac. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  9. ^ "Lo Que Le Paso a Santiago (1989) - Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  10. ^ Puerto Rico queda excluido de la carrera por el Oscar; El Nuevo Día (October 5, 2011)
  11. ^ Marx, Andy (26 February 1993). "Acad rejects 'World'". Variety. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 

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